HOward's online school

 

Howard has extensive experience as a teacher of piano, harmonica, and improvisational techniques. 

He has given workshops and clinics on Jazz piano, improvisation, and harmonica.

 

  • What topics does Howard teach in workshops/clinics?

Topic I: The Ins and Outs of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

Howard shows how this famous and revolutionary jazz composition is actually a musical fractal, comparing it to the art of MC Escher and utilizing graphics as well as musical examples to make its structure easier for musicians to understand and improvise on.

There is a recording of Howard playing Giant Steps on piano on Trio Globo’s “Steering by the Stars” CD (listen here).  

Topic II:  Rhythmic Resolution - Transposing Music to Different Time Meters

Topic III:  The Melody of Rhythm© 

 

  • Where has Howard taught?

Harvard, Berklee College of Music, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Lawrence University, Univ. of Massachusetts in Lowell, Roosevelt University (Chicago), University of New Orleans, Coastal Carolina Univ, Victor Wooten's Bass and Nature Camp,  The Hochschüle fur Musik und Theater (Hamburg, Germany), etc, and many harmonica and jazz conventions all around the world.

 

  • Can I learn from Howard online?

Yes.

  • Since 2009 Howard has been the teacher at an online harmonica school for ArtistWorks, which has thousands of students from all over the world. Check out the lessons HERE.
  • He also put out 2 harmonica instructional DVDs- “New Directions for Harmonica” (see link here) and “Out of the Box, Vol. 1” (check it out here)
  • Howard also offers harmonica/piano/jazz improv (any instrument) Skype lessons to advanced students/musicians. If you are interested, please fill out the form on the bottom of this page.

 

  • Does Howard have teaching materials, like exercise books?  

Yes and no.

Howard has written a great book designed to help musicians develop a greater sensitivity to and understanding of the nature of scales and modes, and how to apply them creatively to improvisation and composition. These are combined with rhythmic exercises designed to develop a familiarity and comfort level playing in rhythms and time meters used in cultures around the world.

The book is coming out later this year in 2020. Stay tuned!

Individual skype lessons

for advanced students/musicians